Sweet life: Aurora baker’s hole theory on making better donuts

“A lot of people don’t understand the science of the donut. It has to be exact,” said Moe Dieyleh, who serves as the head baker at The Donut House, a diner-like donut shop his father Omar Dieyleh opened in 2009.

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“A lot of people don’t understand the science of the donut. It has to be exact,” said Moe Dieyleh, who serves as the head baker at The Donut House, a diner-like donut shop his father Omar Dieyleh opened in 2009.

The Donut House

Father and son, Omar (right) and Moe Dieyleh (left) create fresh donuts every night at the Donut House. Omar Dieyleh and his son Moe opened The Donut House in 2009, and have been serving what they call classic-style donuts ever since. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

The Donut House

Fresh donut dough is prepared for frying, Feb. 20 at the Donut House. Omar Dieyleh and his son Moe opened The Donut House in 2009, and have been serving what they call classic-style donuts ever since. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

The Donut House

Fresh donut dough is prepared for frying, Feb. 20 at the Donut House. Omar Dieyleh and his son Moe opened The Donut House in 2009, and have been serving what they call classic-style donuts ever since. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

The Donut House

Donuts are cut out of fresh dough Feb. 20 at the Donut House. Omar Dieyleh and his son Moe opened The Donut House in 2009, and have been serving what they call classic-style donuts ever since. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

The Donut House

Moe Dieyleh flips donuts Feb. 20 at the Donut House. Omar Dieyleh and his son Moe opened The Donut House in 2009, and have been serving what they call classic-style donuts ever since. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

The Donut House

Donuts are fried fresh every night at the Donut House. Omar Dieyleh and his son Moe opened The Donut House in 2009, and have been serving what they call classic-style donuts ever since. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

The Donut House

Donuts are made fresh every night at the Donut House. Omar Dieyleh and his son Moe opened The Donut House in 2009, and have been serving what they call classic-style donuts ever since. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

The Donut House

Donuts are made fresh every night at the Donut House. Omar Dieyleh and his son Moe opened The Donut House in 2009, and have been serving what they call classic-style donuts ever since. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

The Donut House

Donuts are made fresh every night at the Donut House. Omar Dieyleh and his son Moe opened The Donut House in 2009, and have been serving what they call classic-style donuts ever since. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

The Donut House

Moe Dieyleh flips donuts Feb. 20 at the Donut House. Omar Dieyleh and his son Moe opened The Donut House in 2009, and have been serving what they call classic-style donuts ever since. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

The Donut House

Moe Dieyleh flips donuts Feb. 20 at the Donut House. Omar Dieyleh and his son Moe opened The Donut House in 2009, and have been serving what they call classic-style donuts ever since. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

The Donut House

Donuts are made fresh every night at the Donut House. Omar Dieyleh and his son Moe opened The Donut House in 2009, and have been serving what they call classic-style donuts ever since. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

The Donut House

Donuts are made fresh every night at the Donut House. Omar Dieyleh and his son Moe opened The Donut House in 2009, and have been serving what they call classic-style donuts ever since. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

His father Omar points to the perfectly round pink, chocolate, and sprinkled donuts displayed in a glass case nearby.

“Our flour is some of the best for donuts in the world. Our oil is 100 percent vegetable oil. A lot of donut shops use lard because it’s cheaper,” he said.

The eatery offers more than 130 different donuts on any given day according to the Dieylehs. The most popular is the raised glaze, Moe says.

And unlike other shops, the Dieylehs want you to sit, talk, and enjoy your time with them. The Donut House provides ample seating and lunch options in addition to free wi-fi for customers.

Omar is the kind of owner who gets to know all of his customers on a first-name basis. He says he likes to check in with customers about how their families are doing. He takes time to greet and catch up with them, even during a rush.

“We’re an old-fashioned donut shop. In the ’30s, ’40s, and ’50s, donut shops were booming. They used to do them this way,” Moe explained.

Moe says people come for the donuts, but they stay for his father’s company.

“We have boxes full of thank-you cards from customers. They’re disappointed when he’s not here,” he said.

It was Omar’s generosity that generated buzz for his business. A few years ago, listeners started calling in with compliments about The Donut House on Warren Byrne’s Restaurant Show on Cruisin’ Oldies AM950.

“All of the sudden, we had people piling in from all over the state,” Omar said.

Warren Byrne, who has hosted the show for 36 years, said he listened to one of the most powerful stories about Omar around six months ago. A woman who had heard about Omar from listening to the show, called Omar to see if he could deliver donuts to her while she had family visiting.

“She was living in a nursing home and had terminal cancer. She told him her story, and he drove to the nursing home and brought her the donuts as a gift,” said Byrne. “He’s a marvelous human being.”

Omar Dieyleh is, if anything, an Aurora story. He grew up in Jordan, but immigrated to Colorado 30 years ago. He has strong ties to the community as an alum of Overland High School. Today, his children also attend Aurora schools.

He managed a Winchell’s for six years before opening his own store.

“Donuts are a cultural thing for the U.S. and Canada. Somebody needs to pass on this tradition,” he said.

The Dieylehs plan to add a new espresso machine to the store in the next few weeks, which will allow them to offer frozen and specialty coffee drinks.

“You’re not going to find nicer people than Omar and Moe,” said Craig Larson, a semi-retired Aurora resident and a Donut House regular. “You won’t find better donuts and baked goods. The bear claws are to die for.”